Tuesday, January 1, 2013

video: Remembering Cliff Osmond at NYC acting school

Our acting school in NYC remembers the contributions of Cliff Osmond, film and television actor and fellow acting teacher. In this short video, Cliff tells the story of how he, as a painfully shy teenager, decided to become an actor. 
RIP, Cliff Osmond. Thank you for your great contributions to film and television arts in the past 50 years, as a performer and beloved teacher.

From the NYT article:

"Cliff Osmond, a prolific character actor on film and television, most notably in a run of Billy Wilder comedies, died on Dec. 22 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his daughter, Margaret Ebrahim, said.
Mr. Osmond appeared in four Wilder comedies. He was a police officer in “Irma La Douce” (1963), with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine; the amateur songwriter Barney in “Kiss Me, Stupid” (1964), alongside Dean Martin, Kim Novak and Ray Walston; the private investigator Purkey in “The Fortune Cookie” (1966), the first film starring both Mr. Lemmon and Walter Matthau; and another police officer in Mr. Wilder’s version of “The Front Page” (1974), which also starred Mr. Lemmon and Mr. Matthau.
Mr. Osmond wrote on his Web site that during the making of “Kiss Me, Stupid,” while he struggled to carry a tune, Mr. Wilder remarked, “Cliff has the musical ear of van Gogh.”
From the 1960s to the ’90s he appeared on television more than 100 times, acting in shows like “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone” and “All in the Family.”
He was also a well-regarded acting teacher and once estimated that he had taught more than 10,000 actors."
....See full article from the New York Times

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